Brian McDermott is an award-winning chef who has built a national reputation as a chef on one simple belief – that tasty, healthy food based around traditional recipes and local produce is something every family can make and enjoy. As one of twelve children growing up in Burt in County Donegal, the focal point of the family was always his mother’s kitchen table, and that childhood memory of the family coming together and connecting over her home cooking continues to inspire Brian as he shares his own love of food with others.
Fans of Brian McDermott will already be familiar with that passion for local food, which has made him a regular on the Irish food festival circuit. He runs his own cookery school at his home in Moville, Co. Donegal, and is in demand for both cookery demonstrations and as a host and compere – for example, as MC at the prestigious Taste of Dublin festival and as the National Dairy Board’s official chef demonstrator at national events, including Bloom in the Park and the National Ploughing Championships. He is also well known as a television and radio chef – he is a regular on RTE’s The Today Show, has a weekly slot on BBC Radio Foyle and appears monthly on BBC Radio Ulster, as well as featuring on Highland Radio, RTE’s Nationwide, and the local and national press.
Brian is one of few Irish chefs to hold a Culinary Arts Degree, and is currently general manager of the North West Regional College’s Foodovation food development centre – the only one of its kind in the north and west of Ireland – and is a food consultant to some of the biggest names in Irish food. He is also a food advisor to the Donegal GAA and gives cookery classes and provides nutritional advice to the Senior Football team. His second cookery book, Brian McDermott’s Donegal Table, is published in March by O’Brien Press.
Brian lives in Moville, Co. Donegal with his wife Brenda and daughters Niamh and Aoife.